Uttarakhand lies on the southern slope of the Himalaya range, and the climate and vegetation vary greatly with elevation, from glaciers at the highest elevations to subtropical forests at the lower elevations. The highest elevations are covered by ice and bare rock. Below them, between 3,000 and 5,000 metres (9,800 and 16,000 ft) are montane grasslands and shrublands: the western Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows. Temperate coniferous forests, the western Himalayan subalpine conifer forests, grow just below the tree line. At 3,000 to 2,600 metres (9,800 to 8,500 ft) elevation they transition to the temperate western Himalayan broadleaf forests, which lie in a belt from 2,600 to 1,500 metres (8,500 to 4,900 ft) elevation. Below 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) elevation lie the Himalayan subtropical pine forests. The Upper Gangetic Plains moist deciduous forests and the drier Terai-Duar savanna and grasslands cover the lowlands along the Uttar Pradesh border. This belt is locally known as Bhabhar. These lowland forests have mostly been cleared for agriculture, but a few pockets remain.
Jim Corbett National Park—named after the hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment—is the oldest national park in India.The park has sub-Himalayan belt geographical and ecological characteristics. An ecotourism destination, it contains 488 different species of plants and a diverse variety of fauna.. Presently, every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park from India and other countries.The Jim Corbett National Park is a heaven for the adventure seeker and wildlife adventure lovers. Corbett National Park is India’s first national park which comprises 520.8 km2. area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grass lands and large lake. The elevation ranges from 1,300 feet to 4,000 feet. Winter nights in Corbett national park are cold but the days are bright and sunny. It rains from July to September.The weather in the park is temperate compared to most other protected areas of India. The temperature may vary from 5 °C (41 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F) during the winter and some mornings are foggy. Summer temperatures normally do not rise above 40 °C (104 °F). Rainfall ranges from light during the dry season to heavy during the monsoons.
The new resort project at Amghari near Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, is intended to be a high-end green development for tourists and will include cottages, guest rooms, restaurant and amenities such as a spa and swimming pool. The entire site area is about 5.88 acres with approximately 8% of the site area to be built-up area. As a model development for green resorts, the project seeks to preserve the sense of place, local culture and be environmentally sensitive. The project also seeks to attain a high environmental rating using the IGBC’s Green Homes Rating System.
Amgarhi is countryside located in periphery of Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India. The name derived from its Mango(Aam) Orchids. It is located 15 km from Ramnagar, and can be accessed by forest road from near the crossing of the Kosi barrage on Ramnagar – Haldwani Road. Features of this location include step farms, old houses, adjoining Jungle, and water streams.
The surrounding area is dominated by Sal and teak trees along with mango, bamboo and rosewood. Also there is a layer of shorter trees and evergreen shrubs. Being a moist deciduous forest the trees have the tendency to shed their leaves in dry seasons. Hence landscaping becomes a key factor of the project.
Being on the foothills also raises the issues of top soil erosion and water run off.
The design primarily aims to address these issues at site planning level inturn creating a micro climate for the users.The units were designed on the basic idea of creating personal envelops which not only provide a private space but also a sense of security.
ECO-RESORT NEAR THE JIM CORBETT WILDLIFE RESERVE, INDIA.
The project is located at the edge of the Jim Corbett National Park on the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttatrakhand, India. The delicate warm temperate ecology of the region is threatened by two types of natural calamities:
Both these ravages are further exacerbated due to:
As a model development for green resorts, the project seeks to not only preserve but actively rejuvenate the ecology of the site while being sensitive to local culture and context.
Various strategies for soil stabilisation, waste and water management and bio-diversification have been deployed.
Ecological masterplanning followed a 3-step approach:
Rain catcher umbrellas are key elements of landscape.
There are various active and passive systems employed for the conservation and reuse of natural resources.
Gold Winner – Archframe Design Awards 2023
Design Firm – Anagram Architects
Project Title – Vaansa Eco Resort
Project Category – Hospitality Design
Status – Built
Architect – Vaibhav Dimri
Design Team – Vaibhav Dimri, Madhav Raman, Ayush Prakash, Tarika Jigar Asarawala, Richa Gupta
Profile – Professional Architect
Country – India